Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer trail rides?
What kind of riding lessons do you offer?
Do you offer sleigh rides or wagon rides?
Can I buy straw from WELCA?
Can we book wedding photos on site?

Do you offer trail rides?

The short answer is no. Whitemud Equine does not rent horses for casual riding because they are too busy working in our lesson and therapeutic riding programs.

Although horses are allowed on some multi-use trails in Edmonton's river valley, lobbying by runners and cyclists have compelled the City to bring in rules that make it difficult. For instance, in order to ride on the trails, people are required to put bum bags on their horses to collect manure. Unfortunately, these bags are difficult to obtain and hard to use. The alternative is to pick up and haul out the manure.

What kind of riding lessons do you offer?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre teaches recreational horse riding from beginners to advanced including walk, trot, canter and jumping. We teach children and adults from those who love horses to those who have never been near a horse. Students may ride in a small group class or in private lessons. Our lessons are predominantly English riding although Western can be provided on request. See more information here.

Do you offer sleigh rides or wagon rides?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre does not have a team or wagon available for rides. However, for school field trips we can make arrangements with a local contractor to bring his team and wagon on site.

Can I buy straw from WELCA?

We do not use straw at Whitemud Equine Learning Centre. We feed the horses with square bales of hay and use wood shavings for stall bedding. If our supplies permit, we do sell the occasional bale of hay. Prices vary according to market value.

Can we book wedding photos on site?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre provides a unique backdrop to any photograph. Sessions may include the use of a lesson horse for either mounted or unmounted shots. Choose from wedding photography, family portraits, graduation pictures, retirement films or any moment you’d like to capture.

Photo bookings include:

  • Use of the Keillor Cabin and grounds
  • No other photography party will be booked concurrently, but the arena and stable will remain open for lessons and other programs
  • Staff available to ensure your photography session with the horse runs smoothly
  • Bookings available during public hours (8am – 9:30pm)
  • Maximum capacity of 20 people
  • $100 per session (includes use of a horse and handler)

Any photography session must be pre-arranged and reserved through the Office. Insurance waivers must be completed prior to session. Reservation is confirmed upon payment. Please contact us for reservations or more information.

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Upcoming Events

Learn To Ride Program

Winter Program starts January 28
8 week programs - call 780-435-3597 to register

Edmonton Area Dressage Association of Alberta

AGM - Noon to 4pm, January 21

Little Bits Winter Session

Volunteer Training January 17
8 week program starts January 24

Horsemanship - Spring Session

Starts February 3

AB Green Certificate Testing

March 7 and 14

Equine Massage Therapy Course

March 24 - 30

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

Pony Up Half Day Summer Camps (ages 4-9)

July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

July 2-6
July 16-20
August 13-17

River Valley Horse Show


Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 8-12

AB North Pony Club Show

August 22 - 26

Horse Racing Alberta

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